WASHINGTON, June 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On Friday, June 19, the 2015 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games will officially kick off at the U.S. Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia. Approximately 250 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans will participate in eight adaptive sports: archery, cycling, field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track, and wheelchair basketball.
Two Deloitte employees, wounded veterans themselves, will compete for the U.S. Army and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) teams. Deloitte serves as a platinum sponsor of the games and is providing 20 employee volunteers, helping the U.S. Marine Corps coordinate the competitions and lead teams of community volunteers.
"The strong bonds the athletes build with each other as well as the remarkable sense of achievement from competing have a lasting impact on their healing. We are so inspired by what all of the athletes have accomplished – including two from our Deloitte family – who make us proud each and every day," Janet Foutty, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Federal Government Services leader.
The two Deloitte employees competing in the 2015 DoD Warrior Games are:
Will Reynolds, U.S. Army veteran and a member of Team Army, is a senior consultant for Deloitte Consulting LLP in the Federal Government Services practice. Reynolds has been an adaptive sports participant since 2005 and was the first Deloitte employee to participate in the games. He was wounded in 2004 during combat in Iraq and went through two years of treatment and 23 surgeries. Reynolds competes in cycling and track.
"I've always been an athlete and participation in adaptive sports not only satisfies that itch to compete but also keeps me connected to the veteran community," said Reynolds.
Sean Walsh, U.S. Army veteran and a member of Team SOCOM, is a senior consultant for Deloitte Consulting LLP in the Federal Government Services practice. This is Walsh's first time competing – he competes in cycling, track and swimming. A multisport athlete, Walsh is also a Type 1 diabetic, resulting from an illness he developed while serving overseas.
"Being on a team has always been a part of who I am and I can't think of a better way to represent and support not just my SOCOM teammates but all of the competitors who have given so much to our country," said Walsh
Deloitte's involvement with the 2015 DoD Warrior Games is one aspect of Deloitte's holistic approach towards successfully preparing veterans for transition to civilian life. Deloitte is focused on: employment, education, and health and recovery. Additionally, Deloitte has pledged to double its veteran hiring over three years and believes that transitioning U.S. armed forces members and veterans bring invaluable skills, knowledge, experience, and insights to Deloitte. Lean more about Deloitte's work to support veterans.
Competitions are free and open to the public.
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